“Soprano Monica Huisman’s performance was worth the price of admission alone. If you haven’t heard this fine singer yet, pencil her in, the next chance you get. Exuding dramatic flair with a resonant voice as rich as melted chocolate, she was a pleasure to hear…”
Winnipeg Free Press, Holly Harris
Touted as the ‘next great voice on the Canadian Opera scene exuding dramatic flair with a resonant voice as rich as melted chocolate’ (Winnipeg Free Press), lyric soprano Monica Huisman has already made her mark in the musical world. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Ms. Huisman received her operatic training at the University of Toronto in the studio of Mary Morrison. From there she soared, completing two years as resident soprano for the Vancouver Opera’s Young Artists Ensemble. Ms Huisman continued on to the International Opera Centre of the Netherlands, where she made her European debut at the famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam performing the role of Garsenda in ‘Francesca da Rimini’.
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“Winnipeg-born Huisman's voice that grew, in turn, out of the choir's texture became another highlight. Her molten soprano soared over the combined 100-plus musicians and 120 singers with ease, eventually joined by Krause as they sung like angels extolling the power of faith.”
"Winnipeg soprano Monica Huisman was appropriately demure as peasant girl Micaela, who, in sharp contrast to Carmen, stood almost stock-still while delivering her arias. Huisman has proven herself to be a totally relieable performer, pristinely accurate and consistently crafting each note into a work of art. In Je dis que rien, she was a woman on a mission, determined to confront Carmen. We tingled at her innocence-tinged bravery.
“…the star was Monica Huisman’s Micaëla …with only two opportunities to ravish her audience, Huisman triumphed both times…”
“…partnered by Monica Huisman as the Fox, whose silken voice and fine stage sense belong in the show-stealing category…
“…soprano Monica Huisman’s performance was worth the price of admission alone. .. a resonant voice as rich as melted chocolate, she was a pleasure to hear…”
Winnipeg Free Press
“…Monica Huisman made a compelling Pamina, beautiful to watch and with her dark rich tone, a more interesting Princess to hear than many more famous sopranos.”
“…Huisman sang with full throttle vocalism and ample emotion transforming what some might dismiss as a bel-canto bauble into a vivid scene.”
“….listen to young Canadian sensation Monica Huisman in the role of Musetta…”
Globe and Mail - Toronto
“…Monica Huisman’s Musetta is endowed with an enormous voice used with all its pouting, preening and sneering velocity in the opera’s best-known aria “Quando m’en vo…”
Times Colonist, Victoria
“…soprano Monica Huisman invested in the role of Frasquita with fiery Hispanic temperament and
The Courier - Vancouver
“…Huisman’s expressive soprano led the way through the Four Last Songs…such sad beauty was contained in Huisman’s interpretation that the audience had her back twice after its initial response.”
“…fantastic young soprano Monica Huisman. As one of the high ladies, provided an incredible sound,
foreshadowing the tragedy to follow for Francesca da Rimini…”
de Trouw - Amsterdam 2000
“…and Monica Huisman as Musetta , maintained a sense that “less is more.” Her version of Musetta’s Waltz positively sizzled with sensuality but there was always a sense of disciplined restraint. Her final top notes tapered to a whisper, embodying both flawless technique and dramatic impact….”
Morning Star - Okanagan Vocal Arts Festival
“…Canadian Soprano Monica Huisman as Micaela is blessed with a lovely
lyric voice that has a seductive throaty sound”.
CFMX Toronto Classical